15 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

15 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Costa Rica trip itinerary planner

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Fly to San Jose, Shuttle to La Fortuna de San Carlos
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La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 3 nights
Drive
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Manuel Antonio
— 2 nights
Drive
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Uvita
— 2 nights
Drive
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Playa Samara
— 1 night
Drive
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Tamarindo
— 2 nights
Drive
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Playas del Coco
— 2 nights
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La Fortuna de San Carlos

— 3 nights
Set against the backdrop of the imposing Arenal Volcano, La Fortuna de San Carlos offers visitors a chance to explore diverse natural landscapes and sample some delicious local produce.
Visiting Natura Eco Park Costa Rica and Butterfly Conservatory will get you outdoors. Do some cultural sightseeing at ChocoMuseo La Fortuna and Onirica Art Gallery. And it doesn't end there: identify plant and animal life at Wildlife Areas, stroll through La Fortuna Waterfall, take in the exciting artwork at Wood & Art Gallery, and witness a stunning natural landmark at Paradise Hot Springs.

To see reviews, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the La Fortuna de San Carlos online tour planner.

New Delhi, India to La Fortuna de San Carlos is an approximately 27-hour combination of flight and shuttle. You'll gain 11.5 hours traveling from New Delhi to La Fortuna de San Carlos due to the time zone difference. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Manuel Antonio.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife · Parks

Side Trip

Manuel Antonio

— 2 nights
The rainforest meets the sea at Manuel Antonio National Park, a small but scenic natural preserve on the west coast of Costa Rica.
On the 17th (Wed), kick back and relax at Playa Manuel Antonio and then glide through the air with a parasailing or paragliding tour. Keep things going the next day: surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour and then take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback.

To see photos, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Manuel Antonio online sightseeing planner.

Traveling by car from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Manuel Antonio takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Uvita.

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

Outdoors · Tours · Beaches · Parks

Side Trip

Uvita

— 2 nights
Ideal for visitors looking to escape Costa Rica's busy beaches, Uvita offers a serene atmosphere and plenty of uncrowded sand for a leisurely vacation.
Kick off your visit on the 19th (Fri): take in the dramatic scenery at Uvita Waterfall, then browse the exhibits of Magic Ananda, then stroll through Alturas Wildlife Sanctuary, and finally look for gifts at Mama Toucan's Natural and Organic Food Store. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 20th (Sat): identify plant and animal life at Wildlife Areas and then enjoy the sand and surf at Uvita Beach.

For more things to do, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Uvita trip builder tool.

Traveling by car from Manuel Antonio to Uvita takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Playa Samara.

Things to do in Uvita

Parks · Outdoors · Wildlife · Tours

Side Trip

Playa Samara

— 1 night
A beach town with just enough development to be comfortable for families accustomed to the trappings of modern life, Playa Samara has the resorts you'd expect to find in such a scenic area, but they don't hinder the relaxing atmosphere.
Start off your visit on the 21st (Sun): admire the sheer force of Belen Waterfall, take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback, and then look for all kinds of wild species at Wildlife Areas.

To find ratings, other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Playa Samara trip builder site.

Getting from Uvita to Playa Samara by car takes about 6.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of ferry and taxi; or do a combination of bus and car. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Sun) so you can go by car to Tamarindo.

Things to do in Playa Samara

Outdoors · Wildlife · Tours · Nature

Tamarindo

— 2 nights
Surfing remains the main reason to take a trip to Tamarindo, as the beachside town is mostly known for its excellent waves.
On the 22nd (Mon), enjoy the sand and surf at Tamarindo Beach and then see Off-Road Tours. Keep things going the next day: push the limits with an extreme tour, then stroll through Monkey Park, and then indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas.

To see ratings, photos, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Tamarindo travel site.

Traveling by car from Playa Samara to Tamarindo takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Tue) so you can drive to Playas del Coco.

Things to do in Tamarindo

Outdoors · Tours · Parks · Beaches

Side Trip

Playas del Coco

— 2 nights

Coco Beach

A long-established beach community, Playas del Coco has developed a reputation as a favored spot for young travelers and locals to let loose by the sea.
On the 24th (Wed), kick back and relax at Playa Hermosa and then discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

To see reviews, traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Playas del Coco trip itinerary maker tool.

You can drive from Tamarindo to Playas del Coco in 1.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Thu) to allow enough time to fly back home.

Things to do in Playas del Coco

Outdoors · Wildlife · Tours · Beaches

Side Trip

Costa Rica travel guide

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Beaches · Nature & Parks · Zipline
Tiny in terms of land area, Costa Rica is astoundingly diverse when it comes to culture and natural attractions. In a country called "Rich Coast", it's no surprise most Costa Rica vacations dedicate at least a few days to picturesque Pacific and Caribbean beaches, ideal for water sports and relaxation. Few small countries offer such a range of landscapes, allowing tourists to observe towering volcanoes while soaking away their worries in a hot spring, or hike into dense rainforests in the morning and surf at a modern resort in the afternoon. A trip to Costa Rica also lets you discover pristine national parks, ensuring plenty of chances to view wildlife from the comfort of eco-friendly lodges packed with amenities even ardent nature lovers secretly desire.